bell hooks is an American author, feminist, and social activist whose writing has focused on the interconectivity of race, capitalism, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. She has published more than 30 books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films, and participated in various public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, hooks has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism.
Her early education took place in racially segregated public schools, though she went on to earn her B.A. in English from Stanford University and her M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She completed her doctorate in the literature department from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dissertation on author Toni Morrison. She also taught at Yale; Oberlin College; the City College of New York; the University of Southern California, Santa Cruz; and San Francisco State University.
bell hooks is author of many books, including Ain’t I a Woman?, which has gained widespread recognition as an influential contribution to postmodern feminist thought. A prevalent theme in her most recent writing is the community and communion, the ability of loving communities to overcome race, class, and gender inequalities. In three conventional books and four children's books, she suggests that communication and literacy (the ability to read, write, and think critically) are crucial to developing healthy communities and relationships that are not marred by race, class, or gender inequalities.